Thursday, 15 September 2011

Federal Court Considers Ban on Sharia Law

Monday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals began hearings on a constitutional challenge to Oklahoma's ban on Shariah law.
The amendment to the state's constitution was approved by popular vote—more than 70 percent of Oklahomans voted for it. But although singling out Muslims for official disapproval might have been a workable strategy for getting out the vote, it may doom the law in court. Reuters reports:
The panel gave no indication how it would rule, but at least one judge, Scott Matheson, asked why the measure was crafted to apply explicitly to just one religion.
"There's no mention of any other specific law," Matheson said in the hearing. "We just have Sharia law singled out."
Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick replied, "The intent here was to exclude Sharia law and international law."
Matheson asked, "Why is there any need to mention Sharia law," to which Wyrick answered: "To avoid confusion." ... Read More Here

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